Celtic left-back Emilio Izaguirre is out of contract next summer and his dreadful Europa League performance against Valencia could seal his fate.
Emilio Izaguirre has already left Celtic once, bringing an end to a trophy laden seven year spell in Glasgow to sign for Saudi Arabian outfit Al-Fayha in 2017. And, two years on, it seems that history could repeat itself.
The Honduran veteran returned to Parkhead last summer after his ill-fated spell in the Middle East came to an end, signing a 12-month contract with Brendan Rodgers’ side. As it stands, however, it seems unlikely that Izaguirre is going to be handed an extension.
The 32-year-old has played a respectable 16 games in all competitions, although this is mainly due to the injury enforced absence of Kieran Tierney.
But anyone who watched Izaguirre in action during last week’s Europa League defeat to Valencia will suggest that his time at the top level is all but over.
Celtic were well below their best in their 2-0 loss at home to the Spanish giants but Izaguirre was arguably the worst of the lot. He gave the ball away constantly, offered nothing going forward, and played Valencia forward Ruben Sobrino onside for the very avoidable opener just before half-time.
With Tierney returning to full training, Izaguirre’s time in the starting XI is on borrowed time, as is his Celtic career as a whole.
Jonny Hayes impressed at left-back against Kilmarnock on Sunday and Calvin Miller has been tipped for big things, meaning Rodgers is hardly short of alternative options going forward. It would be a major shock if Celtic decided to hand Izaguirre another season in Scotland.
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